Guest Blog by Leah Shadbolt, Widji Assistant Director
Growing up as a camper, my favourite part of camp was always the surprise of who my cabin leader was going to be. I could hardly wait to find out! Every year, for as long as I can remember, I looked up to my leaders as if they were the perfect example to follow. I wanted to dress like them, eat what they ate and do what they did. I couldn’t get enough of them! They made loving their campers look easy.
The older I got, the more I desired to be this example to my own campers too. But I quickly learned that being a cabin leader is no easy task. It meant late nights comforting homesick campers, long days participating in activities, and trying your best to encourage your campers to eat dinner before dessert. Week after week, I learned that the more I gave to my campers, the more connected we were as a cabin. I learned that the most tiring weeks became the most rewarding. I learned that cabin time was the best time of day; when the conversations were genuine, trust grew.
As I continue in leadership roles in camp, I am continuing to understand the importance of support for our cabin leaders and other camp staff. They are the frontlines of camp, and the faces that the campers will remember. A big part of my job is to make sure that the cabin leaders and other staff have all they need to thrive in their role. I need to be open and available to serve them; when our staff are cared for, our campers are cared for too.
Summer is quickly approaching, and the verse that keeps coming to mind is: He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30
It is my goal this summer to keep Jesus at the center of everything that I think, say and do. He needs to be my goal and my priority. This is the example that I want to leave with the campers and leaders.